In May 2018, the laws surrounding data protection changed and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect.
The new GDPR replaced the Data Protection Act and is designed to strengthen and unify all data held within an organisation, and to provide transparency regarding its storage and usage. GDPR requires schools to inform parents and stakeholders about how they are using students’ data and who it is being used by. It brings higher standards for handling data, improved transparency, enhanced data security and increased accountability for processing personal data. Schools have a legal duty to comply with the GDPR.
What does GDPR mean for schools?
A great deal of the processing of personal data undertaken by schools will fall under a specific legal basis, ‘in the public interest’. As it is in the public interest to operate schools successfully, it will mean that specific consent will not be needed in the majority of cases in schools.
GDPR will ensure data is protected and will give individuals more control over their data, however this means schools will have greater accountability for the data:
The documents below contain all of the relevant GDPR information for parents/carers.
March 2020 School Closure due to the coronavirus
In order to comply with the Government’s guidance with regard to shutting schools and providing places for key worker children, it is necessary for us to collect and manage data about these children and their parents/carers in a different way.
Our standard GDPR policy applies, and information found on our privacy notices relating to staff, parents and of course pupils will apply in all cases.
We will use the information that relates to key workers in order to ensure that those children who are entitled to a place at school whilst schools are officially closed are correctly processed, managed and safeguarded.
The Data Controller continues to take its obligations to data processing seriously and will ensure that appropriate safeguards and measures are in place.